Born in 1964 in Torrance, California, Chris Jenkins' parents moved their young family in 1966 to the Hemet Valley, 100 miles east of Los Angeles beneath the heights of Mt. San Jacinto where he grew up with his five siblings. Roaming and hiking through the hills and washes of this inland valley, Chris quickly developed a fondness for the natural beauty of Southern California. Citrus groves, olive, pepper and eucalyptus trees, sandy washes and mountain views were the everyday surroundings for this young yet to be artist. When he began painting in oils in 1990 these landscape elements were the natural subject matter for his work, although he does an occasional still life now and then. In recent times sprawling development has robbed much of the natural beauty of this part of California, and so some of the scenes Mr. Jenkins painted no longer look as they do in his paintings. This has awakened an awareness in this artist of the beauty of the antique in landscape, a quality which Mr. Jenkins has tried to imbue his paintings with more and more as time goes by.
Chris Jenkins is for the most part a self-taught artist. Reading books, visiting museums, and associating with like-minded fellow artists comprise the basis of instruction for Mr. Jenkins. Being influenced mainly by the Hudson River School and Barbizon School painters in the beginning and in recent years by the California impressionists of the first part of the 20th century, he tries to synthesize these styles, the literal, the tonal, and the more colorful, into one that best suits his sensitivity to his subject matter. Thus Mr. Jenkins work can range in style from somewhat impressionist to a bit more formal, tighter style. He works both outdoors on location and in the studio. Although largely self-taught, Mr. Jenkins has spent time studying with Karl Dempwolf.
Besides having won awards on the local level at the Hemet Art Association, Chris Jenkins has been selected to participate in museum exhibitions at the San Bernardino County Museum. His painting, “San Jacinto Peak” won the Artists Magazine award there in 1999. Mr. Jenkins work hangs in collections throughout the United States and in China.
Submitted by Kathy Wong, Harvey Clars Auction Gallery, whose source is a representative of the artist's.